Going for gold!

Sir Steve Redgrave
Sir Steve Redgrave

A GLITTERING star of the sporting world will be having a splashing time at a Matlock school next week.

Five time gold medallist and Olympic rower Sir Steve Redgrave will be visiting St Joseph’s Catholic School, in Chesterfield Road, on Tuesday to instil some Olympic spirit in the pupils.

The sportsman took gold at five consecutive Olympic games between 1984 and 2000.

He will be chatting to children about his experiences, as well as playing games with them.

Sir Steve is making the visit as part of the Matalan Sporting Promise, which supports sport and PE activity in schools.

He will start by taking an assembly with the school as a whole, and will then go to watch the year six children, who are aged ten and 11, take part in sporting activities.

Caroline Doxey, who teaches year six, said the children were astounded when they learned Sir Steve was going to visit their school.

“To have somebody like Steve Redgrave visit them, it’s something that happens to other people – they couldn’t believe it,” she said.

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“It’s something that the children will always remember.”

Mrs Doxey said she felt excited to be host to such a big star.

Matalan TOP Sport is aimed at primary schools and provides training and resources for teachers.

The aim of the Matalan Sporting Promise is to be in more than 10,000 schools by the end of 2013 and reach as many schools as possible across the UK over the next few years.

Mrs Doxey continued: “St Joseph’s year six pupils will be applying their leadership skills using the Matalan Sporting Promise resources.

“They will be leading a younger class through a range of PE activities, demonstrating values such as determination, honesty, passion, respect, self belief and team work to be not only the best sports person they can be, but also the best person they can be.

“The Matalan Sporting Promise enables students to take responsibility for their own actions.

“We’re proud to welcome Sir Steve Redgrave, the Matalan sport ambassador, as he sees the programme put into action.”

The activities the youngsters will be taking part in include running, throwing and dribbling balls.